Wearable technology for health
Smart homes can help improve our wellbeing, too and health tracking is also developing fast. This is, of course, augmented by the growing acceptance of wearables. These will get smarter. CES 2020 is promising developments in digital fitness to make exercise more informative, including fitness tracking devices and smart fabrics for heartrate monitoring.
Wearables are also making health management easier. There’s already been great progress in monitoring blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen levels (Vo2) – technologies that are making a real difference to people with hyper- and hypotension, diabetes and hypoxemia – and advances here will mean cost comes down, making them more available to the masses.
Interestingly, wearables will also make a difference in this arena. Wireless, noise cancelling ear buds with better battery life were big news at the show last year and, this year, price points are expected to reduce further. Of course, entertainment is the number one use for these but, for people suffering from poor sleep patterns, the ability to cancel out noise and to play music, wirelessly, can be a game changer.
Watch this space, too, for mind reading tech. NextMind is rumoured to be showcasing its head-mounted, non-invasive device that will pick up brain signals as they cross the wearer’s visual cortex and translate them in real-time into digital commands.
Advances in telecommunications and AV
Of course, as well as the introduction of more augmented reality technologies, robots and the like, CES will also see the launch of a host of next level phones (many of which will be 5G-enabled), speakers and TVs (optimised for the 8K revolution). For gamers, graphics cards are likely to advance, while Sony may well use the event to tease us toward the debut of the PS5.
Video streaming services are also likely to push forward as the marketplace gets set to become even more competitive. Services from HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi are getting set to join this exciting industry’s leaders – Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Disney, giving us more choice and, again, bringing prices down for all.
Watch this space for LG’s transparent OLED TV. While this was launched behind closed doors to the few at CES last year, it’s likely to be a showcase piece for CES 2020.